- Hurley has reportedly “trimmed down” to play a Gibson/late Fletcher third man who can float across contests and generate rebound, or
-Hurley has just trimmed down as a result of reduced weights training due to two post-season surgeries, still looking to play as a “true” KPD
I think Hurls is a good one-on-one defender usually (debut against Tredrea, anyone?), he was not good at them last year overall by his standards, possibly due to the year out and some weight loss.
I think Hartley will be needed against most sides to cover the beanpole forwards/rucks, by all reports he is showing improvement during the pre-season.
Ambrose is a fantastic lockdown defender but obviously needs to tidy up his disposal.
I’m not as high on Brown as some others here, I see him as (handy) depth only.
Will be interested to see how the KPDs are structured during the season, along with the development of Gleeson, and whether McNiece overtakes Baguley over the course of the season as the lockdown back pocket. Of course, can’t wait to see Irish and Saad burn people off halfback.